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Student Life Programs And Services - St. George Campus



About Kickstart

Your first year of university is an exciting time, complete with new experiences and new opportunities.  You are invited to explore some of those opportunities by attending one or all of these free events designed to help you meet other new students, learn about U of T, build academic skills, and get involved in campus life.

Kickstart has been developed for students who are looking for an alternative to their college or faculty orientation, are unable to attend their full orientation, or would just like to explore more of what is available to them at the University of Toronto.  Check out the offerings below and register online for whatever interests you.

 

Registration

Registration for Kickstart 2014 is now open. Although you will be registering for Week 1, Week 2, or both weeks, it's up to you to make your own schedule by picking and choosing the events that interest you. Come to as many events as you want, or choose a select few - it's totally up to you!
 
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Schedule of Events

WEEK ONE: TUESDAY | WEDNESDAY | THURSDAY | FRIDAY
WEEK TWO: MONDAY | TUESDAY | WEDNESDAY | THURSDAY

 

Tuesday, September 2

Kick-Off Kickstart

Congratulations on making it to U of T! Are you wondering what happens next? These Kick-Off events are your crash course to thriving at U of T. You’ll leave with an understanding of the vast community that’s here to help you, from your first day of classes all the way to getting your degree. If you're only planning on attending one day during Kickstart, think about making this your top pick. 

 

The Essentials
1:30pm to 2:45pm, Room 108 of the Multi-Faith Centre in Koffler House (569 Spadina Avenue)
The University of Toronto is a very different place than anywhere else you might be coming from. This informative welcome session will familiarize you with campus culture, support services, involvement opportunities, and other essentials that will help you succeed as a U of T student. There will also be an opportunity for you to get any questions you have about life at U of T answered.

 

Kickstart Meet & Greet Reception
2:45pm to 3:45pm, Main Activity Hall of the Multi-Faith Centre in Koffler House (569 Spadina Avenue)
Despite its large size, every student develops their own unique community during their undergraduate career. Start yours by meeting other students from across campus who you’ll be attending events with in the coming week while enjoying great food and refreshments.

 

Gear Up for Academic Success
3:45pm to 5:00pm, Room 108 of the Multi-Faith Centre in Koffler House (569 Spadina Avenue)
U of T has an intimidating reputation for prestigious academic achievement, but it also has some of the best academic support anywhere. Learn what you can do to start your academic career off on the right foot. Gain useful tips on how to manage your time, how to de-stress during crunch times, and how to avoid the pitfalls of procrastination before it gets the best of you and your grades.

 

Wednesday, September 3

Get Involved at U of T

11:00am to 12:30pm, Debates Room of Hart House (7 Hart House Circle)
Participation in campus life is super-fun, but did you know that students who get involved outside of class also do better academically? This interactive workshop will show you how to find involvement and leadership opportunities on campus and how to get the most from your university experience.

 

UTSU Clubs Fair
12:30pm to 3:00pm, Hart House Circle
From “Get Involved at U of T”, we will walk over to UTSU’s annual Clubs Fair where hundreds of clubs and involvement opportunities will be ready to introduce themselves. This is another great place to meet people who share your interests and to learn how to start doing something you’ve always wanted to try.

 

Love Your Lectures Series
Make your first lecture fun and stress-free, and dispel the mystery around university professors and classes. Learn techniques for succeeding inside the classroom; everything from note-taking to staying awake! Then, put your new skills to good use as one of U of T’s finest professors gives you a taste of what to expect once classes start, and answers any questions you have about your first year of classes.

 

Life Sciences
2:30pm - 4:30pm, Room 1087 in Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George St.)
Dr. Browning, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry teaching CHM138 (Introduction to Organic Chemistry) & CHM139 (Physical Principles) this year, gives an engaging lecture on Blackbody Radiation, and on undergraduate student involvement in current scientific research.

Humanities
3:00pm - 5:00pm, Room 1083 in Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George St.)
Dr. Bartlett, a professor in the Department of History teaching HIS109 (European Civilization from 1350 – 1945) this year, presents a thoughtful and humorous talk on the Renaissance, and on lectures themselves.

Social Sciences
3:30pm - 5:30pm, Room 1085 in Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George St.)
Dr. Roberts, a lecturer from the Urban Studies Program at Innis College teaching JGI216 (Urbanization) and INI234 (Cities in Popular Culture) this year, speaks about Sports Mega-events, Urbanization and the Tourist Class.

 

Thursday, September 4

Upper-Year Panel

11:00am to 12:30pm, U of T Art Centre (15 King's College Circle)

Still feeling nervous about starting university? Who better to talk to than upper-year students who have gone through the experience already? Join us for this informal event at the beautiful U of T Art Centre as upper year students share some words of advice and answer your questions about the ins and outs of being a U of T student. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

PRE UofT

1:00pm to 4:00pm, Various locations across campus based on program of interest
PRE UofT will give you the opportunity to make friends in your program from other colleges! Students will be divided into their programs and participate in a faculty panel, icebreakers, and a course union resource fair within this inter-collegiate event. This event is open to new students in a college of the Faculty of Arts & Science.

 

Health & Wellness
4:00pm to 5:30pm, Main Activity Hall of the Multi-Faith Centre in Koffler House (569 Spadina Avenue)
U of T is not all classes and studying; it’s another home for the next few years. This dynamic workshop will introduce the physical and mental health resources around campus, and will explain how self-care enhances our health and well-being, supports success in school & work, improves relationships, increases energy, and helps us to enjoy life.

 

Friday, September 5

Making the Transition to University Writing

10:00am to 12:00pm, Room 121 of Woodsworth College (119 St. George St.)
This workshop is designed to help you prepare for university-level writing. Learn about the key differences between writing in high school and writing in university. Hear some tips on understanding the assignment, researching your topic, constructing a thesis statement, using sources, getting help on your essays at U of T, and much more.

 

U of T Parade
1:00pm to 3:30pm, Join your college or faculty at the Devonshire Place entrance of Varsity Stadium
This is U of T’s premier annual Orientation event. You can meet up with your college or faculty to join thousands of students from all three campuses as they take over Toronto streets for an hour; chanting, singing, and dancing together.

 

Monday, September 8

Rainbow Cupcakes

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Room 416 of Sussex Court (21 Sussex Ave.)
Join the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office for an afternoon of cupcake decorating (and eating!). While enjoying your cupcake creations, chat about sexual and gender diversity in Toronto and how to connect with U of T’s fabulous lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities on campus. Allies and friends welcome.

 

Hart House: This is Our House

4:00pm, The HUB at Hart House, (7 Hart House Circle)
Want to know where on campus you can get involved, exercise, be creative, relax, meet other students, and so much more? The answer is Hart House, the building that has something for everyone. Join us on this tour and get the details on how Hart House can help you explore your passions.

 

Tuesday, September 9

UTSU Street Fest

10:00am to 3:00pm, St. George St. (from College St. to Hoskin Ave.)
The UTSU Street Fest will see St. George Street pedestrianized for a day of celebration. This will open up the street for all students to explore the downtown campus, and offers another opportunity to see what this university has to offer. The event will feature clubs, organizations, campus and corporate sponsors, prizes, give-aways, and good food.

 

Robarts Library Tour
1:00pm to 2:00pm, Robarts Library Info Desk (130 St. George St.)
Get acquainted with central hub of U of T’s 44 libraries across all three campuses. Library staff will show you around, introduce you to the key services you’ll need throughout your years at U of T, and make sure you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for within their more than 12 million volumes in 341 languages. 

 

The Essentials
3:00pm to 4:30pm, Career Centre Seminar Room in Koffler Student Services Centre (214 College Street)
For anyone who missed The Essentials session on September 2, this is your chance! This informative welcome session will familiarize you with campus culture, support services, involvement opportunities, and other essentials that will help you succeed as a U of T student. There will also be an opportunity for you to get any questions you have about life at U of T answered.

 

Wednesday, September 10

Working Through It: The Career Centre and You

2:00pm to 3:00pm, Career Centre in Koffler Student Services Centre (214 College Street)
Whether you’re trying to work while in school, get experience for the future, or find jobs when you graduate, the Career Centre can helpyou transition through your undergraduate career. This workshop and tour will show you the different resources and services the Career Centre offers, including how to prepare for interviews, write a resume, and find a job. This event counts towards the Blueprint program.

 

Good Eats, Healthy Treats
4:30pm to 6:00pm, Baldwin Room in Centre for International Experience, Cumberland House (33 St. George Street)
Don’t get stuck eating ramen for the next few years! Join MoveU in a discussion about the cheap and healthy options on and off campus, and learn a few fast and easy recipes for your dorm or apartment! This event counts towards the Blueprint program. 

 

Thursday, September 11

MoveU Athletic Facilities Tour

11:00am to 12:00pm, Outside Varsity Sports Store in the Athletic Centre (55 Harbord Street)
No matter what your favourite physical activity or sport, U of T has the space and equipment to suit your needs. The best part is that U of T students are already members! Learn about the facilities available to you as well as some of the other physical involvement opportunities around campus, like intramurals!

 

Robarts Library Tour
1:00pm to 2:00pm, Robarts Library Info Desk (130 St. George St.)
Get acquainted with central hub of U of T’s 44 libraries across all three campuses. Library staff will show you around, introduce you to the key services you’ll need throughout your years at U of T, and make sure you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for within their more than 12 million volumes in 341 languages. 

 

Making the Transition to University Writing
1:00pm to 3:00pm, Room 2179 Bahen Centre for Information Technology (40 St. George St.)
This workshop is designed to help you prepare for university-level writing. Learn about the key differences between writing in high school and writing in university. Hear some tips on understanding the assignment, researching your topic, constructing a thesis statement, using sources, getting help on your essays at U of T, and much more. This event counts towards the Blueprint program.

 

Upper Year Connect & First Week Recap
3:00pm to 5:00pm, Committees Room of Hart House (7 Hart House Circle)
You did it! Come out and celebrate making it through your first university classes with other students who understand your experience. Join us at this informal event where third and fourth-year students will be available to share some words of advice, answer your questions, and allay any lingering fears you may have about embarking on your journey at U of T.

 

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop
4:00pm to 5:00pm, Baldwin Room in Centre for International Experience, Cumberland House (33 St. George Street)
Learn how to build Mindfulness Meditation into your life to reduce stress. Mindfulness meditation is about being aware in the present moment. We spend a lot of time focusing on what went wrong in the past, or worrying about the future, and this distracts us from what we want to do in the moment. It also creates a lot of stress! this event counts towards the Blueprint program.

 

 

 

 

Race at Your Own Pace Challenge

Have some time in between these mock lectures, workshops, and tours? Want to discover the places on campus the upper-years wish they’d known about in their first year? The Race at Your Own Pace Challenge will take you to locations on campus that you’ll want to know about once classes begin. Each location will have a mini-challenge that will teach you a useful skill or introduce you to a helpful resource. The more mini-challenges you complete, the more ballots you’ll earn in our grand prize draw for a $100 gift card to the U of T Bookstore! There are also other great prizes to be won.

 

Other Orientation Events

Kickstart isn't the only awesome Orietnation programming available to incoming students. There are tons of other events and workshops available to you to participate in too - some in the weeks leading up to Orientation, and some later in September. For more inforamtion, check out the Orientation Calendar!

 

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the program coordinator by email at kickstart@utoronto.ca.